There’s nothing like getting to the end of an exhausting day and wondering what you’re going to do for dinner. Add hunger and evening activities to that scenario and you usually end up in a drive-through. Enter every busy parent’s best kitchen friend, the slow cooker. This magic cooking pot has been a life and sanity saver for me. Three days a week, I throw everything in, put the top on, and get on with my day. For ideas and recipes on how to make the most of your slow cooker, read the full story; on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.